NAME: Xie Zongxu (谢宗旭)
COMPANY: Tsinghua University
PROFESSION: President of the Student Association of Belt and Road Initiative (SABRI); Global Youth Ambassador of the Global Alliances of Universities on Climate (GAUC)
CATEGORIES NOMINATED: Friend of Africa
COUNTRY BASE: China
PROFILE OR ACHIEVEMENTS:
Xie Zongxu has played an active role in promoting China-Africa youth exchanges.
(1) International contribution:
a) Zongxu served as one of the Chinese representatives of the 1st China-Africa Future Leaders’ Dialogue and issued the Joint Declaration, and was honored as the Friendship Envoy for the 50th anniversary of China-Sierra Leone Diplomatic Ties;
b) As President of the Student Association of Belt and Road Initiative (SABRI), Zongxu exerts youth influence and actively promotes China-Africa youth exchanges. Zongxu has been leading youth teams and has investigated more than 20 countries along the BRI, including many African countries;
c) As head of the Chinese delegation, he participated in the G20 Youth Summit and presented the youth initiative of Climate Change Synergy to presidents and heads of international organizations at the UN COP27.
(2) Mutual benefit:
a) During Zongxu’s internship in UNICEF, he was mainly responsible for the data analysis of children affected by environmental disasters in poor areas of Nigeria and completed relevant research reports.
b) In Uganda, he participated in the construction of the Isimba Hydropower Station and made contributions to China-Uganda friendship.
c) In South Africa, he carried out field research in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, forming good interactions between the young people of China and South Africa.
d) In Egypt, he participated in the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 and issued the Declaration of Youth Action on Climate Change to the world.